Kingston business owners and individuals are being offered the opportunity to take climate action by helping shape the City’s Climate Leadership Plan—our roadmap aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by no later than 2040.
Two surveys opened this week on Get Involved Kingston (https://getinvolved.cityofkingston.ca/climate-leadership-plan) – one for businesses and one for residents – to reveal the barriers community members may encounter in regards to reducing their carbon footprint at home, work, and on the road. Submissions will be used to identify climate actions outlined in the Climate Leadership Plan.
“Responding effectively to climate change is not something the City can do on its own,” said Julie Salter-Keane, Manager of the City’s Climate Leadership Division. “Our community needs to pull together to take meaningful action, and the City wants to understand how it can support your personal efforts.”
The surveys – available to complete until March 16 – will let the City know the types of climate actions residents, organizations and businesses are most interested in pursuing and programs that could provide necessary support.
“We’ve seen that the only way to respond to an emergency is by working together,” says Salter-Keane. “And climate change is an emergency,” Salter-Keane added. “In full recognition of all the challenges COVID-19 has caused, the plan will also focus on supporting businesses and sustainable, resilient growth.”
The draft plan will be available to review by community members in Spring/Summer 2021 with the finalized plan being published in Fall 2021.
Business owners and residents can also complete the Climate Leadership Plan survey by phoning 613-546-0000 ext. 1800.